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Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene is a 'blessing'
Glenn Beck appeared to be echoing Mormon doctrine on preparing for adversity.
August 27th, 2011
09:44 PM ET

Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene is a 'blessing'

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck told listeners Friday that Hurricane Irene, the Category 1 storm that’s working its deadly way up the Eastern Seaboard, is “a blessing from God.”

Beck has long urged his fans to stockpile food in their homes in anticipation of a global food disruption. He said Irene should be construed as a divine warning for those who have ignored that advice.

Here’s Beck on his show Friday:

How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? This hurricane that is coming thorough the East Coast, for anyone who’s in the East Coast and has been listening to me say ‘Food storage!’ ‘Be prepared!’

… If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you — as was the earthquake last week — it’s God reminding you you’re not in control. Things can happen. Be prepared and be someone who can help others so when disaster strikes, God forbid, you’re not panicking.

The Washington Post reports that in encouraging home stockpiling, Beck, a convert to Mormonism, is echoing Mormon church teaching. The church encourages members to build home storehouses of food that could last for at least three months.

According to a website run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the official name of the Mormon church:

Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing”… so that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.

The site includes a food storage calculator. To build a three-month supply of food for a family of four, the calculator recommends 300 pounds of “wheat, white rice, corn and other grains” and 60 pounds of “dry beans and other legumes.”

The Post notes that food storage is one pillar of the Mormon emphasis on self-reliance.

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soundoff (3,354 Responses)
  1. brad

    What is the difference between LDS (Latter Day Saint/Mormon) and LSD (Drug)??

    One you take with a cube of sugar and the other you take with a grain of salt!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • alex

      go to bed. you're drunk.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  2. Scott

    i personally like glenn Beck

    August 28, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • Observer

      Isn't intergrity important to you? Beck fakes tears, lies about holding Washington's speech, talks about nearly getting killed by health care and then praises it, etc. You have interesting standards.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:52 am |
    • Observer

      "intergrity" = "integrity" in typo.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • F1R

      That's a boast Scott ? I doubt that would be something I would be telling the world. You also think the invisible man in the sky caused the hurricane as a blessing as Beck does ? If so then he's also responsible for deformed babies and childhood cancer. Anyone who says things like Beck has done here should be distanced by any right minded person.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Scott

      i just feel like he identifies with a large number of americans and is honest about what he believes in. just because you dont agree doesnt mean he doesnt have integrity.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Observer

      Scott,

      Did Beck show integrity when he lied about holding George Washington's speech?
      Did Beck show integrity when he trashed his own health care and then praising it later to oppose Obama?
      Did Beck show integrity when he fakes tears?

      Answers please. I am curious as to your definition of "integrity".

      August 28, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • Scott

      alright well clearly i dont watch glenn beck as much as much as you because im not really up to date on any of those references you just made i was just saying i can have a little for respect someone on either side of the political spectrum just for opening some diolauge about when they believe in

      August 28, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • Ya No

      In former lives, he was a carnival barker, a snake oil salesman, an Edsel dealer, a fund manager for Bernie Madoff,and the manager of the Chicago Black Sox. He was also the inspiration for PT Barnum's famous observation – "A sucker is born every minute". Beck has proven that beyond all doubt.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • Observer

      Just to give you a small example of why so many people have zero respect for Beck:

      “I’m recovering from some surgery that was scheduled and then went horribly awry“.
      “No matter how much the healthcare system would try to keep me down, I’m back!”
      He talks about his “personal voyage through the nightmare that is our healthcare system.”
      “We seem to be a society or a system now in healthcare that is just trying to shove the patients out that door as fast as they can.”
      “Getting well in this country could actually almost kill you.”
      “We have forgotten that the secret to health care is contained right there in the word itself – ‘care’”
      - Glenn Beck, 01/07/08
      Then later, when he wanted to trash Obama's health care plan:
      “America already has the best healthcare in the world. We do take care of our sick”.
      “You are about to lose the best healthcare system in the world”.
      - Glenn Beck, 05/12/09
      “What does it mean for the rest of the world if we lose our position as the innovator as having the best healthcare in the world”?
      - Glenn Beck, 04/29/09

      August 28, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  3. Leonidas

    To all you haters out there who trash people who simply express their own conservative views; all while you feel that it is so important to prove how intelligent you are by incessantly promoting your own liberal views- please don't listen to Glenn Beck. Do not do perform the time tested virtue of due diligence or prepare your family for any foreseeable danger whatsoever. Please do not. That way when some strife does occur (hurricane, earthquake, drought, job loss, etc.# I will be able to feed my family and you won't. If, God forbid, that happens.....we will see who is mocking whom. Until that time, however, why would any rational person which, given the harsh nature of your comments, I assume most of you not to be) speak ill of a person who is simply asking people to be prepared. The motto of the boy scouts, after all, is be prepared. Shouldn't you all be hating on them as you are Glenn Beck?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • dgkdgk

      If you're looking to Glenn Beck for basics of survival, then I look forward to seeing Darwin's Theory play out with you. The weak-minded are always the most threatened, and he adds gasoline to that smoldering fire. Lap it up, baby!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:52 am |
  4. JW

    Come to me my little sheep, and I shall give you bread from heaven. And you shall no longer hunger.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  5. F1R

    This brainwashed idiot needs to get out of politics. Does he think only he knows the reasons for the hurrcane and the earthquake ? Does he think he has a hotline to the heavens ? If there even was a God in the first place I think we`d all know it was him behind it and Glenn Beck wouldn't have the exlcusive scoop.
    It's fine for people to believe in this supersticious mythical story of God if it gives them piece of mind, but keep it out of schools and politics. Bush Jr made foreign policy decisions based on his religious beliefs. It's not a good thing people. We need to move past this ancient myth. As for Beck, anyone who listens to and believes this latest rant is as retarded as he is.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  6. wowglenn

    Glenn Beck is literally mentally ill, in my opinion. The people who watch him are idiots.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  7. JFritz

    Is he still around? Isn't he gone yet?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  8. Johnny 5

    Somebody get Glenn a straight jacket. Put him in a round padded room, tell him it's the 21st century and teach the simpleton a lesson in science.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  9. fleur de coco

    Gleen Beck is an opportunist or a crank. The sad part is that assumed smart people and/or decision makers give him a microphone , justification could be that they make money out of his non sense . What about the ones who listen to him? I think they are nuts ,don't have education or a brain. Just plain stupid: unbelievable.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  10. dgkdgk

    Attention Glenn Beck Listeners: Glenn Beck said that God said that YOU should send ME lots and lots of cash. Thanks in advance for listening to your idol. Now, do as he says.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  11. Eric

    Just more psycho-talk from Glenn Beck, everytime he says something he shows how out-of-touch with reality he is.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  12. Gyna

    @Jim, if you keep your faith to yourself and stop trying to force it on us and into our laws, we won't make such a big deal of your activities. That said, Glenn Beck is a false prophet that preys on gullible people who can't think and reason for themselves. He's peddling fiction.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • dgkdgk

      I agree. And, a more concise way of saying that is: "Glenn Beck is a fraud."

      August 28, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • ummduh

      So he is a fraud by telling people to get their crap together and be prepared? That a hurricane such as this is a HELLO moment for people to be ready for such things that happen on our planet? It is about personally responsibility and if anyone dares tell people to be responsible and prepared they are a nut job. Nice. Being unprepared and living by the seat of your pants is why when disasters hit, its a mess. If more people had more control it would free up more resources. Religion aside, its just basic common sense.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • dgkdgk

      ummduh – you're a freaking idiot. If you had basic reading comprehension skills, you'd be able to understand that the plurality of posters here for this article are saying that, #1, being prepared is, of course, a necessity. It's basic survival skills. I, personally, have been through a Cat3 hurricane, and know full-well what it's like. YOU try living without power for three weeks and water for two weeks. I bet you couldn'. #2, Beck uses his microphone as a pulpit to promote fear and mind control to his weak-minded listeners. Hmmm – it's pretty funny / interesting that Glenn Beck actually offers his sheep a "survival kit" all for the low-low price of $199. What we're railing against is the greed-via-fear tactics he employs, and his hiding behind the cloak of some god – he knows the demographic of his viewerbase and he targets them – and they LAP it up. THAT is what is so GD evil, vile and disgusting about this pig of a human being. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!

      August 28, 2011 at 5:44 am |
  13. Observer

    Beck's endorsement of a killer hurricane is almost as ignorant and heartless as Robertson's attempt to blame Haitians for the horrendous earthquake. Similar mentalities.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • ummduh

      Glenn did not endorse the hurricane lol he is simply telling people to be prepared and that means to take care of yourself and your family. This storm is small compared to what can happen and if people are not prepared for a Cat 1 storm are they ready for a cat 3 storm this almost was? Really I dont see how this ties into LDS other than Glenn is Mormon.. Its just good common sense, sadly, to many Americans think FEMA and the gov overall is going to save them instead of them saving themselves. Organizations such as FEMA may run better and emerg. services may run better if more Americans prepared and took care of business before the disaster hits such as floods that are obviously coming (Midwest Missouri River for example they had some warning) Hurricanes when you have plenty of warning they are coming. Point is where ever you live take notice in what kind of things can happen and prepare to feed yourself, be with out power, with out phones etc. Not that hard nor that expensive.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  14. MrV

    This is newsworthy?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • Derxst

      Anything is newsworthy when there is no worries about time constraints or newsprint space.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  15. MA

    Thank You Glenn,
    As usual you are right and as usual most will not listen. I've gotten the message and I am better prepared thanks to your efforts to inform those of us with our heads buried in the sand. When or if the need comes I will be able to help my neighbors. At the worst I have some extra food on hand, no big deal.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • JW

      Yes, great Beck. We thank you for your wonderful teachings straight from God. Please continue to give us our baby food so we know what God wants us to know. We won't ask you to verify these statements because you are of such virtuous character and would never do anything to mislead us. Will you please become our President/king for the remainder of your life so you can lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all evil?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • Observer

      We your so out of it that you didn't think people need to be prepared for storms until Beck enlightened you?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • Observer

      Disgraceful. I didn't proofread my own comment.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • CT

      Just how deep did your have your head in the "sand" that you needed Glenn Beck to tell you to prepare for a hurricane? Anything else you need Glenn Beck to tell you to do?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:52 am |
    • JW

      ONly Beckster can save us. Please, Beckster, place yourself as your leader forever more.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • Matt

      Jesus said to not be worried about tomorrow. "Look at a bird. God takes care of the bird and so why should we think different about ourselves" paraphrasing. Don't see Jesus talking about stock piling for the future. But hey if you believe Glenn Beck knows best that's up to you.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  16. hippiechic

    If you look at history, there have been many 'natural' disasters of earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, etc., so why is this any different? Mother Nature has been a force to be reckoned with throughout history. Should you be prepared for a natural disaster? Yes – you're going to lose power, clean water, possibly shelter. Stock water, canned goods, batteries – that's the mantra, learned in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts as a child. God can strike you at any time ... you don't need a hurricane or Glenn Beck to prepare you for that.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  17. Angela Russian

    Actually, Beck is doing what he is best at – being a snakeoil salesman. He promotes expensive 'food survival kits' which is exactly what he is hinting towards in that clip. If there is Satan on earth Beck is your guy.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • JW

      Hey, he is a good capitalist. He knows how to make money. Just like most modern Christians. If only Christ were here to shame them back into poverty.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • JW

      By the way, Angela, are your really Russian? Russian women are very beautiful!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • fred

      JW
      anegla is a comic book character in the Spawn universe

      August 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  18. jim

    CNN Anti-Christian network: making noise with a trumpet about things only true believers understand and the world consider crazy.
    CNN, you go too far in your Democratic Party agenda.
    ! CNN shut up! , let Christians live their faith.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • JW

      Ouch. Let the modern Christians continue their Pharisee ways in killing Christ and his teachings, while missing the narrow way and hitting their camel humps on the eye of the needle. Well said.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • Matt

      Jim – actually Jesus and the apostles were socialists. They believed in sharing their money and food. And like democrats helping the poor and sick. Modern Christians in USA would have you believe that building only your own financial empire is what Jesus taught which couldn't be further from the truth.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • Jesus is God

      I agree with you that CNN has an agenda with the stories it puts on here and the way they are hyped up. Every true beliver should be able to see this. If you do not agree with this man you need to get yourself back in your bible.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Bob

      Let me get this straight: Glenn Beck calls the hurricane a blessing, but for reporting it, CNN is being extreme?

      Right.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Matt

      Also John Beck is a mormon. The mormon religion was considered a cult and outlawed in many states when it began. Let's not forget their founder John Smith had many wives.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • JW

      Matt, I like your views. Someone actually sees part of what Christ really taught. I thought this Earth was just feeled with people who thought Christ was all about worldly goods and power and wealth.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • Pravda

      What exactly is anti-Christian is this report?
      If there is something critical I thought 'real' Christians would be happy to criticize Mormons.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • Matt

      JW – you get it. Modern Evangelical Christians are the pharisees of today. I am a follower of Jesus but dislike what I call ignorant Christians who haven't read the gospels for themselves. They walk around judging others and forgetting about the sick and poor.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • Paul

      Mormons are not Christians...virtually no other denomination thinks they are...they are false.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • JW

      Silly comment. Who cares who thinks who is Christian and who isn't. Don't you think you need a better scale than just public opinion?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  19. Dan

    So were nine people dying part of this blessing Mr. Beck? Cnn, do everyone a favor and stop reporting on him. He's unconitionally retarded, he'll never stop saying stupid things like this. The best thing we can do is stop paying attention to him.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  20. Tewks44

    so I guess it's official. Beck has actually lost his mind

    August 28, 2011 at 12:38 am |
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